Vollebak, innovative designers behind the no sold-through 100-year hoodie, have just launched another groundbreaker: all-black visibility sports gear. That may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s made to move — and to save your ass from danger. The four-piece collection, called the Black Light Layering System, consists of a t-shirt, baselayer, midlayer and jacket, ranging from XX to $645 . It is, of course, all black, but feature cleverly-placed reflective spots that catch light at key points above your waist.
Whatever your sport of choice — perhaps if you’re the type to sneak out and enjoy the first moments of the Lunar New Year tomorrow night — this technical apparel is purpose-built in a decidedly futuristic, minimalist way. The reflective dots are each embedded with “60,000 microscopic black glass spheres” that are flexible, soft and virtually invisible during the day, fitting in with the collection’s matte-black materials.
The jacket, which is stretchy and waterproof, can be worn as a top layer for ski runs or as a lightweight shell in warmer weather. It features waterproof zippers and 22 dots from cuff to hood; its dots are arranged in such a pattern that, Vollebak claims, the human brain recognizes human forms underneath in just 0.25 seconds. The other layers are designed in a similar way, only with fewer dots.
Bottom line is, Vollebak’s layering system is the answer if you’re active and keen on staying safe while avoiding DayGlo safety vests.
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